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Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does it Reduce Crime?

HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN, CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE, N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson, eds., Sage Publications, 2005

39 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2006 Last revised: 29 May 2014

Richard E. Redding

Chapman University, Office of the Provost

Abstract

This chapter discusses the research on the general and specific deterrent effects of transferring juveniles for trial in adult criminal court, identifies gaps in our knowledge base that require further research, discusses the circumstances under which effective deterrence may be achieved, and examines whether there are effective alternatives for achieving deterrence other than adult sanctions for serious juvenile offenders. As a backdrop to this analysis, the chapter first examines the role of public opinion in shaping the get tough policies, and how policy makers have misunderstood and perceived support for these policies.

Keywords: Juvenile justice, juvenile crime, punishment, sentencing, adult sanctions, transfer to criminal court, waiver, deterrence, crime reduction, public opinion

Suggested Citation

Redding, Richard E., Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does it Reduce Crime?. HANDBOOK OF CHILDREN, CULTURE, AND VIOLENCE, N. Dowd, D. Singer, & R. Wilson, eds., Sage Publications, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896548

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